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hello everyone and welcome to English

like a native with me Ana English I hope

that you are all well and ready to start

this British English slang lesson that's

right today we are covering slang words

specifically slang words and phrases

beginning with the letter U there's

quite a few very common words that we're

going to include today and but the

lesson is going to be quite short so

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I'm turning everything on to silent I

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learn a language I'm going to say a very

quick hello to my patrons hi patrons how

are you our and Eric both in saying hi

straightaway hello and also I'm seeing

everyone saying hello in the chat room

on YouTube hello so let's get started

with the very first slang term on our

list now this particular slang term or

slang word rather is used a lot and you

might not have heard it but it is the

word umpteen umpteen times so I'm gonna

write times in there because we normally

say umpteen times rather than empty

night zone umpteen means countless or

many there were a lot of them so if I

said I have heard this song umpteen

times I'm saying I've heard this song

many times and if I say I've had to wash

the dishes umpteen times

then I'm saying I've had to do the

washing-up a lot of times and I'm

obviously very upset about it so the

example sentence I've given here is I

have asked you umpteen times to tidy

your room but you never listen I used to

hear that from my mom quite a lot I've

asked you up teen times to tidy your

room but you never listen so do try and

remember that phrase that word it's

quite a good one umpteen umpteen times

the next one is one that you guys say to

me all the time and it's the phrase

under the weather I think you really

like this one under the weather means

that you're sick or unwell and being

under the weather generally means that

you're mildly ill that you're not very

ill if someone is very ill like very

very sick maybe they've gone to hospital

because they're so ill you wouldn't use

the phrase under the weather because

that's not it's not heavy enough if

you're really ill then you'd say they're

very poorly or they're very sick or

they're very unwell but under the

weather we used we tend to use one we're

ill with a cold or a fever or we're just

feeling generally a bit rubbish you're

under the weather you're feeling under

the weather and so the example sentence

I've given here is Daniel won't be

coming into school today he is a little

bit under the weather

he's a little bit under the weather I

hope you can all hear me all right I

can't seem to get this microphone to

stay close to my mouth today it's not

playing it's not playing ball

DJ availed I said I'm watching an

English videos umpteen times excellent

DJ evelle that's wonderful to hear

I hope that you're finding them helpful

as well now just before I go on to the

next phrase which is another really

important one I'm going to just quickly

mention my children's channel Bella and

beans TV some of you may have already

heard of it some of you may not have

heard of it but I've noticed recently

the viewings are going down so I just

to make sure that everyone here is aware

of it and if you know anyone with little

children who might be interested then I

would love if you could share it the

link for it is in the description box

below and if you don't mind I'm just

going to give you a few moments of the

recent video we did which is a Halloween

video and yeah

oh wow look at all these decorations

beans have been busy let me give them a

call

Oh peas hello sugars how are you

beans you have done a fantastic job this

is so amazing

look at the green spider's web oh it's

so spooky so I'm not going to not going

to trouble you with too much of that but

if you do think that your children or

anyone you know would find that

interesting then I would really really

appreciate if you could share it around

and help me to improve the viewings that

would be wonderful

we put so much time and effort into

these videos it's such a shame when they

don't get many views all right so what

is the next term on our list so the next

slang term is the term under wraps if

something is under wraps

it means it's being kept secret I'm not

telling you about it I'm keeping it

wrapped up a secret so if I asked you to

keep something under wraps I'm asking

you to keep it a secret don't tell

anyone keep it under wraps and the

example sentence I've given here is I'm

going to do an extra special video when

we hit a hundred thousand subscribers I

will tell you about it but I want you to

keep it under wraps for now I will tell

you about it but I want you to keep it

under wraps for now so I want you to

keep it a secret okay and it's true guys

in about a month I imagine we're likely

to hit around a hundred thousand

subscribers and I will do an extra

special video for that moment because

you guys have been so amazing up until

now that I want to give you something in

return

so I'll do an extra special video and we

hit that point but I'm not going to tell

you what it is it's a secret I'm

keeping it under wraps okay so the next

one is a really fun term and something

you should definitely be aware of and

it's the term undies undies anybody know

what that means

undies is just an easy short way of

saying Underpants undies can be used for

girls or boys if you are in your undies

then you're in your underwear mm-hmm

hopefully you're not in your undies now

but hopefully you are wearing undies but

clothes as well other clothes as well

okay so the example sentence I've given

for undies is if you ever feel nervous

about giving a speech then just imagine

the whole room in their undies just

imagine the whole room in their undies

now here I've used the term the whole

room meaning everybody in the room and

we do do that a lot so I've said just

imagine the whole room in their undies

and I mean just imagine every single

person in the room is wearing their

underwear and that'll make you feel more

confident okay so one of you has

mentioned the word panties panties is

has a slightly different feel to undies

panties feels a little bit more sexually

suggestive or a bit naughty your panties

so it's the word undies is a little bit

more throw away it's definitely not very

sexual at all it's a safer term and

similar to pants as well I guess

so you're in your pants you're in your

undies so I would say to a child for

example if my if my little child came

running in in their underwear I'd say

why are you standing there in your

undies go and put some clothes on or I

might say why you stood there in your

pants you need to get your school

uniform on but I wouldn't say to them

why are you standing there in your

panties

it just doesn't for me and other natives

might feel differently but for me that

word just feels a little bit a little

bit more grown up a little bit more

adult

okay so undies a very safe term slang

term for underwear so the next one on

the list is the word uni

this is very simply a shortened version

of the word University and we use it all

the time

most people when talking about

university will say uni I'm going to uni

I got into uni I'm applying the unit for

uni I have uni friends I have lots of

uni parties uni uni uni there's what we

use most of the time instead of

university and the example sentence I've

given here is I'm having a blast at uni

and my uni mates are the best I'm having

a blast at uni and my uni mates are the

best okay so if you can't remember what

the phrase having a blast means then you

need to go back to the slang lesson with

words beginning with B and you'll find

that is on that list to have a blast

okay so patrons are you all well yes

fine lots of people chatting here in the

chat room I am glancing over your

comments I'm not ignoring you I just

want to get through this list as quickly

as I can

and then I can answer some of your

questions one of you has just said how

can I use slang terms at work you can

but some of them you have to be very

careful with it so a lot of slang terms

are inappropriate in formal situations

if they're insulting perhaps and we'll

come on to an insulting one in a moment

so I'd be I would be very careful I'd

have to know that the slang terms I'm

using are safe and also I would be

careful if I was talking to my boss

perhaps if someone is a higher status to

you in work

I wouldn't use slang terms but if it's

just your colleagues who you talk with

every day and you have a good rapport

with them and a good relationship and

you feel like you can relax with them a

little bit then yes I would use slang

with them but not so much with the boss

okay so the next is the term to come

unstuck so if you come unstuck it means

that things haven't kind of worked out

as you've planned it's like you failed

at something you've come

stuck things have gone in a different

direction than what you had hoped and

you've gotten yourself into a sticky

situation so the example sentence I've

given here to give you an idea of this

phrases I had planned to summit the

mountain by the end of the day to summit

something is to reach the top of so to

get on top of something so I hired plan

to reach the top of the mountain by the

end of the day but I came unstuck things

didn't go to plan when it started

snowing as I hadn't packed my ice axe

and crampons so an ice axe and crampons

is something that you were is equipment

that you would need to climb mountains

in the snowy conditions so I haven't got

those items with me and it started to

snow which means I won't be able to

climb to the top of the mountain by the

end of the day I have come unstuck I

hope that makes sense so one more time I

had planned to summit the mountain by

the end of the day but I came unstuck

when it started snowing as I hadn't

packed my ice axe and crampons ok so let

me know if that doesn't make sense and

I'll see if I can try and find a better

way to explain it otherwise let's move

on the next phrase using the word up is

up against it

so it's a phrase there's quite a lot of

phrases that use up and if you're up

against it that means you're facing a

lot of difficult challenges so you're

being challenged in life life is

difficult you are up against it perhaps

if you are trying to meet a deadline and

everything that could go wrong is going

wrong the computer stops working you

didn't get the email that you needed to

complete the work and time maybe they've

shortened the deadline and given you

less time so they brought the deadline

forward so you've got even less time and

everything's going wrong you could say

look I'm up against it I need to get

this project finished for the deadline

ok so when you're up against it it means

you'll have

being a difficult time there's lots of

challenges in your way and again I've

used the example of the mountain and I

said summiting the mountain was much

harder than we had anticipated with the

bad weather ill health and failing

equipment we were really up against it

we were really up against it ok so the

next one is something that's been used a

lot in recent years and it's the word up

cycle up cycle so to upcycle something

is to reuse it it's a similar word to

recycle but it's got a slightly

different meaning if you recycle

something it's taking something that's

rubbish and giving it to someone who can

make it into something useful

so you recycle it you send it to the

recycling center you deal with your

waste in an appropriate manner

if you upcycle something it means that

you recycle something in a way that you

can use it yourself so for example if I

if I had I can't think of an example if

my box if my box was falling apart and I

was about to throw it away my my friend

might say I'll have that and they might

fix it and they might decorate it and

they might turn it into a shoebox in

that case they have up cycled it they've

made it into something else they've

decorated it and made it usable again so

to upcycle something people tend to

upcycle furniture a lot so if you're if

you're and if your drawers are old and

falling apart and you're going to throw

them away you're going to put them in

the Skip then someone might come along

they might paint them put new handles on

them and give them a nice a nice new

lease of life and then sell it on to

somebody else or they might use it

themselves it has been up cycled

does that make sense I hope so have you

ever up cycled anything I have a few

times but I'm not very good at upcycling

if I tend to look like a dog's dinner

basically if you don't know what dog's

dinner means then we covered that in the

slang lesson with words beginning with D

so do go and have a look at that all

right so the example sentence I've given

here is I am glad you like my cabinet we

up cycled it last week found it in a

skip and decided it would look lovely

with a little TLC can you remember what

TLC means TLC means tender loving care

with a little tender loving care okay

great

all right so we're very close to the end

we only got a few more to go so the next

one on the list is up for grabs

if something is up for grabs it means

it's available and it's not being

claimed so it's available for you to

either buy or to claim maybe it's a free

prize you could say there are lots of

prizes up for grabs lots of prizes

available and that haven't been claimed

that you can claim up for grabs or you

could say there are lots of products up

for grabs

so products for you to buy but they have

not yet been bought so they're available

for you to buy so we here up for grabs

used a lot in advertising just like this

sentence here there are some amazing

bargains up for grabs on my website yeah

that's something you might hear alright

the next one is up for it I'm up for it

now it used to be that this phrase and

I've seen it written on other websites

actually that up for up for it is to

mean that you are available and eager in

a sexual way but I don't use that in in

that way I've heard it sometimes used in

that way but I say up for it and a lot

of people around me say up for it just

to mean that they're eager or they're

keen so I'd say I'm going to the cinema

are you up for it and they go yeah I'm

up for that I'm up for that

yeah let's

that or I'd say I'm going to the pub I'm

going to have a pint of beer do you

fancy one and they say yeah I'm up for a

I'm up for a beer I'm up for it let's go

so don't think that the other websites

that have said up for it means to be

interested sexually it's not true in in

Britain we use it to mean I'm eager I'm

keen okay so the example sentence I've

given here is I'm planning to have a big

celebration when I hit 100,000

subscribers you are all welcome you are

welcome to join the party if you're up

for it are you up for it

I hope so okay so the next one is up in

arms a completely different meaning if

someone is up in arms it means they are

angry they're up in arms and the example

sentence I've given here is apparently

Jade was up in arms because someone used

her cup to give the guest teacher a cup

of tea Oh

in fact I've worked in many schools and

if you dare touch another teachers cup

from in the staff room if you go to meet

yourself a cup of tea and use someone

else's cup they get very upset everybody

has to have their own cup so I'd I made

that mistake once and never again so

here we go just so you can see it to be

up in arms to mean angry

apparently Jade was up in arms because

someone used her cup to give the guest

teacher a cup of tea alright so here we

go here's another one you might see now

I have to be careful I can't say this

word this is a swear word I'm sure you

can work out what it is and it's to be

up

creek to be up creek there is a really

good reason why I can't say this guys

and that's because YouTube have changed

their rulings and all all videos have to

be judged as being family-friendly

unfortunately my videos keep getting

flagged as being unfamilar endly which

is frustrating because everything I do

is educational

so I'm trying my very very very best

not to swear in any of my videos even

though it is educational so I apologize

for not saying out and saying it out

loud but I'm sure you appreciate and

understand what it is that I'm inferring

and this phrase means to be in a

difficult or bad situation to be in a

difficult or bad situation we're running

low on petrol if we don't fill up at the

next petrol station we will be up creek

before long okay so you don't want to

get yourself into a bad situation you

don't want to be up Creek okay I hope

that makes sense yes okay so a cup of

you are writing it now in the comments

box so you know what it is yes there we

go

yes you know what it is I was trying to

say and sorry about that I just have to

make sure you tuber happy so that I

don't get any telling off tellings off

okay so the next phrase and we are

getting so close to the end and three

away from the end here we are so the

next one is quite a fun one and it's to

be up the Duff I mentioned this in my

Instagram post a little while ago if

you're not following me already on

Instagram guys then make sure you are

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if you are up the Duff it means you are

pregnant so if I say to you hey guys I'm

up the Duff whoo-hoo then you know I'm

announcing that I'm pregnant

I'm not up the Duff just in case you're

wondering not yet anyway

and so the example sentence I've given

here is ah you will never guess what

Jane is up the Duff ah shock horror hmm

okay so the next one the next two last

one is and this is an offensive one this

is something you should never use with

your colleagues at work and it's the

phrase up yours if you say up yours

you're basically insulting someone and

it's very similar to saying to someone

get lost

if you don't or get lost means then take

a look at the video I did on slang terms

beginning with G where I covered it

there but it's basically if you're angry

with someone you might say ah get lost

so it's the same as saying Oh up yours

alright so these just insulting terms

for people that you're annoyed with and

you don't want to you don't want to

interact with anymore you want them to

go away and leave you alone okay um and

just so you can see that written in case

you are not fully understanding what I'm

saying there it is okay and we have one

more to go can you possibly guess what

it is

mm-hmm just before I do say the very

last one on the list I do just want to

say huge thank you for joining me here

today and like I said earlier if you're

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some other interesting links helpful

links that you might find useful in your

English language and the very last one

here is the word user so a user is

either a person who is addicted to drugs

so someone who uses drugs on a regular

basis or a person who manipulates the

people around them to get what they want

without giving anything in return and

the example sentence I gave here

okay the example sentence I gave here is

I know you are hurting right now but if

I'm honest I'm glad you split up with

Gary he was a user and you deserve

better let me just show you that to you

I know you are hurting right now but if

I'm honest I'm glad you split up with

Gary he was a user and you deserve

better okay so I hope that makes sense

so basically a user is somebody who if I

come to you and I say hey can you do

this for me and can you do that for me

and can you do this for me can you lend

me ten pounds and can you babysit my

children and can I eat some of the food

out of your fridge but whenever you ask

me to do something I do nothing I don't

help you I don't respond to your text

messages I don't do anything for you

whenever you ask for something I say no

I'm busy no I can't and so that kind of

person is a user it's not very nice

it's all about the given the take okay

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